October Menaion

October 1 (Matins)


Alexandria, Patriarchal Library, Cod. 110 (olim 250)

Athina Almpani, MIET 2018

Remarks by the Editor:

According to the catalogue by T. Moschonas (see bibliography), the current fragment (content: Menaion for October) is at the beginning of Cod. 110. But another fragment is at the beginning of the codex (see Cod. 110, January Menaion), and Moschonas makes no reference to its existence. The two fragments are written in different hands and therefore derive from different MSS. 

General Information

Title: October Menaion

Former Shelfmarks: Cod. 110 (olim 250)

Material: Parchment

Script, Hands:

The text is written in a minuscule script, with decorated initials in the left margin.

Original Condition

Dimensions (Page Height): at least 275 mm

Dimensions (Page Width): at least 215 mm

Number of Lines: 32 – 37

Number of Columns: 1

Current Condition

Dimensions: ≈ 275 x 215

More about the Current Condition:

  • The edges of the leaves are damaged, especially the bottom edges.
  • f. β seems to be have been sewn.

Book Decoration


Decorated initials


  • Content Item
    • Text Language: Ancient Greek
    • Title: Menaion October 1 (Matins)
    • Content Description:

      The leaves contain liturgical texts for October 1 Matins, but are missing the beginning.

      Inc.: [ἔτερος] Κανών β', ᾨδὴ α', τοῦ Ὁσίου [Ρωμανοῦ] Ἦχος πλ. β' Ὡς ἐν ἠπείρῳ | Φωτολαμπεῖς λαμπηδόνας ἐξ οὐρανοῦ, ἡμῖν ἐξα | πόστειλον, ταῖς πρεσβείαις σου σοφέ, Ῥωμανὲ | θεσπέσιε, τὴν σήν, εὐφημῆσαι ἱερὰν μνήμην ἐν ᾄσμασιν.

      Des [Θεοτοκίον] : Ὑπὸ τῆς πάλαι πτώσεως [ὁ ἦχος, Ῥωμανὲ ἔνδοξε:-], ἀνθρώπων τὸ γένος [τὸ γένος ἀν(ρώπ)ων], τοῦ πρωτοπλάστου γέγονεν | αἰχμάλωτον, Παρθένε Θεοτόκε, καὶ δεδουλω | μένον πάθεσι τῆς ἁμαρτίας, ἀλλ' ὁ ἐκ σοῦ τε | χθείς, ὑπεραγαθὸς Θεός, τοῦτο τῇ ἑαυτοῦ εὐσπλαγ | χνίᾳ ἀνεκαλέσατο.

    • PLA_110_f._ α recto_frag_
    • Edition: http://glt.goarch.org/texts/Oct/Oct01.html
    • Remarks:
      • The manuscript uses common abbreviations (nomina sacra and abbreviated words at the end of the lines).


Persons and Institutions: Alexandria, Patriarchal Library, Cod. 110 (olim 250)

Host Volume

Title: October Menaion

Shelfmark: Cod. 110 (olim 250)


  1. The binding is significantly damaged.
  2. The main MS is missing the last part of the text.
  3. Cod. 110 consists of 138 numbered folios according to the catalogue by T. Moschonas. But the first two folios are fragments (see F-k325/Cod. 110, January Menaion). In total there are two fragment-leaves at the beginning a 136-folio main MS, and two more fragments at the end (foliated as α & β).


  • Catalogue: T. Moschonas, Πατριαρχεῖον Ἀλεξανδρείας. Κατάλογοι τῆς πατριαρχικῆς βιβλιοθήκης. Τόμος Α'. Χειρόγραφα, Alexandria, 1945, p. 103.

    • Remark to the aforementioned catalogue : There is reference to the existence of the current fragmentary folios, but the position that we find them is different.
    • Remark to the following URL : The URL that I mention provides different pieces of information on the host volume (Cod. 110). The information that you can find in the URL corresponds to a certain extent to the majuscule fragment of the Cod. 92 of the same collection (see the corresponding description), but absolutely not to the current frag. of the Cod. 110 (as you can see at the images).